Toon play-off hopes dealt blow as Stenny claim points

Flashback: Cammy Kerr pokes home the opener in the teams last encounter.  But it was disappointment for Peterhead this time round as Stenny claimed all three points
Flashback: Cammy Kerr pokes home the opener in the teams last encounter. But it was disappointment for Peterhead this time round as Stenny claimed all three points
  • Peterhead away to Stenhousemuir on Saturday
  • Redman scored only goal for the Blue Toon
  • Ended in a 2-1 defeat

After Tuesday’s disappointing draw with Ayr United, Peterhead were looking to get back to winning ways against relegation fighters Stenehousemuir.

Unfortunately for Jim McInally’s men however, it was The Warriors who came away with all three points at Ochilview, capping off an impressive week for them after they beat title hopefuls Stranraer in their midweek game.

Andy Rodgers had two headers in the final 15 minutes, one tipped over the bar by Fleming and then another with eight minutes to go which again forced the keeper into a strong save.

James Redman’s first half goal pulled Peterhead back into the game after the league’s joint top scorer Colin Mcenamin scored early on.

Then in the second half Josh Watt scored for the home side to lift his team out of the relegation zone and deal a major blow to Peterhead’s play-off spot chase.

The first chance of the game fell to Toon’s Jamie Stevenson early on as the attacker forced home keeper Greg Fleming into a good save low to his right.

Minutes later and Stenny had the lead, Paul McMullan’s corner fell to Mcmenamin inside the box and the experienced striker, with an assist from the windy conditions, netted the opener.

Stenny’s Fleming was on hand again, this time to deny Rory Mcallister after a sublime pass from Stevenson played the striker in only to have the ball snuffed out by the stopper.

Attempts from Stevenson and McMullen followed before the lively Stevenson hit the post after beating Fleming but with five minutes to go in the half it was James Redman who beat everyone to Cammy Kerr’s cross to level the match going into the break.

Colin Mcmenamin could have scored again before the half was done but Ross Smith cleared his effort off the line with a header to deny the journeyman striker.

As the second half got underway Stenny pushed for another goal and got it when McMullan’s pass found Josh Watt who slid the shot past Graeme Smith to restore his side’s lead.

Peterhead retaliated and perhaps should have had a penalty when Cammy kerr looked to be tripped in the box, The Dundee loanee stayed on his feet and had his shot saved by Fleming. McInally however felt the penalty should have been given.

Andy Rodgers had two headers in the final 15 minutes, one tipped over the bar by Fleming and then another with eight minutes to go which again forced the keeper into a strong save.

The result now means Peterhead sit ten points off the final play-off place while Stenny move above Ayr and out of the relegation zone.